Passenger Traffic

  • In 2017, DEN saw a record-setting 61.4 million passengers
    • DEN as the fifth busiest airport in the U.S. and 20th busiest in the world (2017)
    • Approximately 65 percent of travelers at DEN are origination and destination (O&D) passengers, and 35 percent are connecting
    • Approximately 35 million annual domestic passengers are O&D passengers, making DEN the third-largest domestic O&D hub in the U.S.
    • International traffic at DEN accounts for approximately 2.6 million passengers annually – over 4 percent of the airport’s total passenger traffic
  • A total of 23 airlines provide approximately 1,600 daily scheduled commercial flights to over 190 nonstop destinations from DEN:
    • DEN is United Airlines’ fourth largest hub by capacity, serving nearly 150 destinations from DEN
    • United makes up just over 40 percent of DEN’s total seat market share
    • 60 percent of United’s traffic at DEN is made up of connecting/transfer passengers
    • DEN is also the fourth largest hub in Southwest Airlines’ network by flights and capacity
    • Southwest serves over 60 destinations from DEN and makes up 30 percent of DEN’s seat market share
    • About three-fourths of Southwest’s traffic at DEN is O&D traffic
    • The Airport is also the largest base for Frontier Airlines with over 80 destinations from DEN
    • Frontier makes up over 11 percent of DEN’s total seat market share
    • Frontier’s traffic is about 70 percent O&D traffic at DEN
    • DEN is also served by American Airlines, with eight destinations from DEN, as well as Delta Air Lines, with nine destinations

The busiest single days in DEN history include:

Rank

Year

Month

Date

Day

Estimated Passengers

1

2017

June

30

Friday

197,276

2

2017

July

21

Friday

196,806

3

2017

July

28

Friday

196,755

4

2017

July

7

Friday

196,526

5

2017

July

14

Friday

196,189

6

2017

July

20

Thursday

195,941

7

2017

July

27

Thursday

195,908

8

2017

July

24

Monday

195,686

9

2017

July

6

Thursday

195,601

10

2017

June

29

Thursday

195,577

The airport publishes monthly reports on passenger traffic and airline market share. Those reports are available here.